The 2016-2017 school year is cycle 1 of our two-year curriculum cycle
The history curriculum engenders a curiosity about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Children are encouraged to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop judgement in a range of historical contexts. They are given the freedom to explore their own questions, carry out research and manage extended tasks. The children will learn about the lives of individuals and groups of people from the past, learning to empathise with different people’s viewpoints and analysing important historical events. Children will make links between these events and themselves, thinking about principles that can be applied to their own lives and understanding how past events have shaped the modern world.
The geography curriculum aims to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Classroom experiences equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes. The children will develop a range of geographical and personal skills through their work in this subject, for example organising and running fieldwork projects. There will be space for children to ask and explore their own geographical questions.
Our provision for wider curriculum subjects per year group are outlined below:
Art and Design
The art and design curriculum will engage, inspire and challenge pupils. They will develop the skills needed to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Children will use a range of techniques and materials to extend their creative potential, exploring their own styles and ideas. As pupils progress, they will become analytical about pieces of art and appreciate the role of art historically and within modern culture.
Children will learn about different computer systems, understanding how they work and learning to write their own programs. They will be taught key skills including e-safety, algorithms and data handling, and they will appreciate the deep links between computing and mathematics, science and design and technology. Children will also use technology to express themselves and present ideas, learning about how to use technology to aide their ability to communicate.
Design and Technology
Using creativity and imagination, pupils will design and make models and products in a range of contexts. As well as learning a range of subject knowledge, including cookery, design and technology will allow pupils to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising. They will evaluate the past and present use of D.T., and develop an understanding of the practical impact of the subject on the modern world.
Language teaching enables children to speak and write with increasing confidence and fluency in different languages. Children will be encouraged to ask and answer questions, improve their accent and complete a range of practical tasks. French is taught throughout the school and Spanish is taught to children in KS2. By learning languages, children will be given an insight into other cultures; this curiosity is actively encouraged, and language teaching is used as an opportunity to develop a wider global awareness.
The children are provided with a wide range of musical experiences, allowing them to express themselves creatively and skilfully in this subject. Children listen to, perform and review music of different styles and from different periods and cultures. They learn to sing, create and compose music on their own and with others, as well as learning musical notation. Music is taught by a specialist teacher and a wide range of opportunities are provided: there is a school band, KS1 and KS2 choirs, music lessons and singing lessons that children can take part in.
Children are given opportunities to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. All children have access to a range of sporting activities, both within the curriculum and outside of the school day: the school have links with a range of local sports clubs and take part in a range of competitive events. Sporting activities are also used as a context for promoting the school principals such as learning to operate within a team and showing respect.
In Religious Education children gain an understanding of a range of different faiths, including how people’s beliefs affect their daily lives through key questions ranging from, ‘If god is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?’ to ‘Is it better to express your beliefs in art and architecture or in charity and generosity?’
Children critically evaluate by making comparisons between faiths, expressing their own opinions and making parallels to their own lives. As the children become older, they explore how religious beliefs affect groups of people and societies around the world. Children’s personal thoughts and beliefs are respected and shared. The curriculum is outlined in detail below along with the school’s vision for RE:
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
The children are given the opportunity to explore their opinions and express and their thoughts regarding a range of personal and social issues. We help the children to understand how the Bradshaw Hall personal competences can be outworked in their daily lives, and how these principles reflect British values. Programmes of study incorporate ‘Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning’ materials, with children exploring issues such as staying safe and building relationships. We also run units of work at age-appropriate levels in sex and relationships, cyber safety and drugs education. In doing so, we help children to develop into well-rounded citizens.